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Record cold temps possible this week in Mississippi

By David McRaney -  email

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Record cold temperatures are possible Thursday and Friday in the Pine Belt, possibly bringing snow flurries, according to WDAM Meteorologist Tanner Cade.

A unusually cold air mass will head south by the end of the week and spread from Texas to northern Florida bringing temperatures in south Mississippi between 10 and 15 degrees.

Highs will be in the 40s, but on Friday the expected high is 28 degrees with a low of 12.

Some rain is predicted Thursday. Some areas around Hattiesburg and Laurel will experience snow flurries, but heavy accumulation is not likely.

This cold air mass mirrors a system from 1996, said Cade. Data from Feb. 4, 1996, shows a high of 26 with the morning of February 5 reaching only 8 degrees.

Cade said an El Nino pattern is bringing the air mass which is being blocked by a high-pressure system over the Atlantic ocean. The effect is like pouring water down a funnel, so the air which normally moves across the northern part of the country will now sink southward.

The WDAM weather team advices all residents to take precautions against freezing pipes and car radiators. Also, residents should protect their outdoor pets and plants.

Some precautions you can take are:

  • Close foundation vents
  • Allow all faucets to drip. Be sure to open both the cold and hot water valves.
  • Leave cupboard doors open
  • Wrap exposed water lines, including those in the attic and under the house
  • Shut off unused water valves and drain the pipes
  • Insulate your water meter
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